Know before you go
Entry feeParking charges apply from 6th August 2018
Parking informationFetcham and Young Street car parks are located off the A246. Crabtree car park is situated off Crabtree Lane in Westhumble.
Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to October
About the reserve
In 1931, Norbury was put up for auction and Surrey County Council bought it to prevent it being broken up for housing development. This was the first intervention of its kind to protect the countryside. The Trust continues to act today for the benefit of nature.
For example, in the woodland you will see evidence of traditional coppicing of hazel and sweet chestnut to encourage spring flowers and provide vital habitat for dormice. It also provides materials for hedge laying, timber for the onsite sawmill (Norbury Park Wood Products), and firewood. There are roe deer, badgers and foxes, together with all three British woodpeckers (green, great spotted and the much smaller lesser spotted).
Veteran trees provide roosts for a variety of bat species, such as pipistrelle, noctule and common long-eared. We think the yew trees in Druid’s Grove are nearly 3,000 years old.
The chalk grassland can sustain up to 40 species of flowering plants in one square metre. These in turn attract a wide variety of butterflies and other insects. We control scrub species, such as hawthorn, blackthorn and spindle, so they act as an important transition between grassland and woodland. They are also rich in flowering plants. The deeper areas are important spring nesting sites for birds such as whitethroat and blackcap. In winter, berries are vital for birds such as blackbird, fieldfare and redwing.
The three farms within the park encourage skylarks to nest in some of the fields and maintain hedgerows to support a wide variety of birds, such as linnets and yellowhammers, as well as mammals and invertebrates. The river Mole is stocked with coarse fish and is home to swans, kingfishers, herons, various duck species, and little egrets.
Ash Dieback on Norbury Park
Woodland safety works are starting on Norbury Park in January. Surrey Wildlife Trust is removing Ash trees close to roads and paths as they have been infected by Ash dieback however Ash trees away from these areas will be left in place. These works have been approved and licensed by Natural England and the Forestry Commission.
We envisage the forestry works to take about 4 weeks in total and are taking place from January 7th 2019.
Park users should be able to use most of the site as normal and we will be sectioning the works up in to areas meaning we cause minimal disruption to the routes people normally take. Where possible we will try to inform people if areas are to be shut ahead of time to help you plan routes.
Once the Ash trees have been removed, areas of the park will look different. Pathways will look wider, some areas will look more open and in some instances bare and there will be evidence that machinery has been on site. You will see some ruts where the wheels have been and ‘brash’ left on site which is standard forestry practice. Over time this will recover and although at first it will all look stark, it doesn’t take long for nature to take its course.
It is inevitable that the surface of the footpaths and bridleways will be impacted by these works especially as they are taking place over winter when its muddy and wet. Once the works are complete, pathways will be smoothed over and once the weather dries up they will improve over time.
Please note that parking charges apply at Norbury Park.
Chargeable car parks:
Fetcham car park (and lay-by)
Young Street car park
Crabtree Lane car park